PROPOSALS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Hall Report –
Hall Projects (in priority order):
Northeast side roof needs additional screws
Kitchen counters need refinished
Kitchen needs exhaust hood and fan
Repainting under eves of hall
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished
Two party rentals on the books. Chaps, Gamers and Zumba still have long term contracts.
Rear door threshold has been replaced
Bad connection in attic junction box was causing flickering lights upstairs. Repaired. Please report any recurrance
AGRICULTURE – Bad news/Good News
Bad news is another foreign insect pest. Yellow leg hornets from SE Asia have been detected in Georgia, the first sighting in the Americas. A beekeeper in Savannah Ga. discovered the hornet attacking his honey bees and reported it to the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), according to a statement from the department. Officials are asking the public to report any sightings of the hornet in the state to the GDA. The hornets nest in paper nests, often in trees and often preys on honey bees and native bees.
Good news is we have a soil scientist rock star at OSU, literally and figuratively. James Cassidy has been teaching soil science since 2002 at OSU. When he attended a meeting that year hosted by three other Oregon State graduate students, a club was born.
That grew into the school’s Organic Growers Club, which has been meeting every Thursday night since its inception. In the beginning, there were only seven participants. Now, around 70 people come together each week to plant, harvest and package a variety of fruits and vegetables. Cassidy has led the effort for more than 20 years.
With no financial support from the university, Cassidy maintains his crops and interns’ stipends by selling community supported agriculture boxes, delivering fresh organic produce to paying community members. He also advises and instructs many regarding how to keep soils healthy (including JoAnn on several occasions) and is regarded as something like a prophet in the field. “Soil science is everything,” he said in an interview. “Every atom in your body has been through the soil system.” “Everything depends on the soil”
He added that large farming companies can have a powerful influence over our access to food. Because of this, he said “gardening is an act of resistance or activism. Gardening is a ritual, a spiritual practice.” According to Cassidy, everyone can take part in this resistance.
“Just garden,” he said. “Even if you live on the 60th floor in a Manhattan apartment.”
EDUCATION - The Oregonian and other Newspapers have formed a high school student newsroom to promote good journalism and give young people on opportunity to showcase their skills and perspectives. The following link is a story by two of those students describing budget problems at local community colleges and the effects on society. Community college’s budget cuts mean fewer opportunities for adult learners - oregonlive.com
With these young people and their contemporaries populating our high schools fake news on either side doesn’t stand a chance.
COMMUNITY SERVICE –
COMMUNICATIONS – Betty
TREASURERS REPORT -
Bills – Dan
Cleaning Supplies 7.99
Plumbing for faucet 2.78
Recharge Fire extinguisher 33.30
Traveling Sprinkler 89.98
Hose to run sprinkler 44.99 (125 foot)
Hose to run sprinkler 29.98 (50 foot)
Fair Booth – First prize! Thanks to the committee.
Grange hall electrical service. Repair is being scheduled, approximately $2100.
State Grange Log Cabin needs volunteers yet. Call Jay Sexton at 503-316-0106
Dinner/Harvest fair Advertising
Planning for what number?
Event Chair people? Advertising, Dinner, Games, Pumpkin decorating,
MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS:
GOOD OF THE ORDER: I’m not interested in what any prophet said. I’m interested in what you, as a follower of that prophet, actually do. James McBride, American Author